Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Expensive healing / driver's license

As you may already know, I've been seeing a therapist for my issues with food and weight. After only three sessions, I know it's helping. I'm having fewer binges than before, which is great. Getting the bill, however... not so great. I've happily been paying my $25 copay each visit, knowing that the remainder of the fee would be submitted to my insurance. I knew I'd have to pay out-of-pocket to satisfy my deductible, but I was shocked to open my bill and see that I owe almost $300.00. Eeeesh.

I really like my therapist and want to continue, but I may have to start going once a month rather than every two weeks.

On a completely different note, I lost my driver's license the other day. I looked in my wallet and the spot where it normally sits was empty. I got really panicky, because I had no idea where I'd left it. The day they took my photo for it, I probably weighed at least 260 lbs. Of course, at the time I lied and said I was 200, so that's the weight that appears on my license. As I thought more about that, I was kind of glad I'd misplaced it. What a great excuse to go get a new one! And, this time, I could proudly say I weigh 160 lbs. and have it be the truth for once. Then I started pondering what outfit I could wear and practicing my smile, which I think always looks strange in photos.

At that very moment, I got a phone call from my bank. Apparently I'd left my license in the tube at the drive through. Crap.

6 comments:

Megan said...

You sounded so excited about getting a new one! I say do it anyway! Put on a cute outfit and make sure your hair and teeth are brushed. Change that weight as a reminder of how far you've come!

e said...

Totally do it anyway! Here's a funny story for you: when I got my last one, 8 years ago, I was 180ish and said 160. So I had to renew this year and of course I'm 300+. I was dreading the moment as I stood in line. I heard the slim woman in front of me 'fessing up to how she'd put on some weight.

I decided to take a different tack, and just was all friendly when it was my turn. So I was never asked to update my weight and it still says 160! I'll get sent to scale jail for sure if I get pulled over!

abby suzanne said...

I agree...go get a new one anyways!

Mal said...

As a therapist and also a (recovering) binge eater, I knew that I was going to need major therapy to get through it. At the time, I was in grad school and didn't have insurance, so I paid out of pocket. For 2.5 of the 4 years, I went twice a week! The only way this was possible was by negotiating with my therapist. Many therapists will work on a "sliding scale" which means there is some flexibility in their fee. Also, some insurance companies will reimburse certain diagnoses with a higher rate than others. So, it might be worth it to talk about options with both entities (your therapist and your insurance) before you dramatically pull back. Especially if you think it is helping!

Best of luck...

deanna said...

Get the new license anyway, I mean, you don't lose 100 pounds every day - treat yourself (yes to a license) and a GREAT photo!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? You deserve a new one. In fact, when I joined Weight Watchers last August, one of my goals was to 1) buy a new smaller bra that I didn't pour out of, and 2) get a new DL photo! Yes, I ACTUALLY worked toward the goal of standing in long DMV lines.

Go for it! Mary in TX